Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/04/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Off topic but worth reading
From: Dan Cardish <>
Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2000 15:59:59 -0400

Every instance of an email I have received warning me off some terrible
thing (and I have received many), and asking me to spread the word, has
turned out to be a hoax.  Every last one.   If it makes you feel better,
you can always put in the effort to track down the authenticity of these
emails, but rest assured that if you are warned about something, and are
asked to forward the email "to as many people you care about", you are
falling for a hoax, whether it be "internet taxes", some new gangled
computer virus, or in this case some horrible disease.  

Dan C.

   At 01:18 PM 04-04-00 -0400, Steven Alexander wrote:
>To all banana eating Leica users (on topic):
>The world wide web is a great thing; however, it is also a slippery slope
>for mis-information.  That is what this is email warning is.
>My son lost his wife to necroitizing fascitis and we are quite sensetive to
>any mention of it.  I eat bananas.  This email caught my attention.  To
>learn more I went to the CDC web location.
>The following is from the CDC web site,,:
>> 3    0.84
>> NCID: False Internet Report about Bananas
>> Summary: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center
>> Infectious Diseases states that the current email rumor circulating about
>> Costa Rican bananas causing the disease 'necrotizing fasciitis' is
false. We
>> have not heard any reports of cases
>> 11816 bytes, updated 02-10-2000
>Please enjoy eating bananas and check out important information appearing in
>the form of email even if you generally trust the source.
>Steven Alexander
>on 4/4/00 12:25 PM, Bill at wrote:
>> This has nothing to do with Leica, but you may find it worth while
>> reading..
>> Bill
>> In a message dated 3/23/00 8:53:42 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>> writes:
>> My husband works at Merck's research facility
>> and this warning was sent
>> them and has been validated by the Center for
>> Disease Control. I thought
>> I should pass it along to you...
>> Please forward to everyone you love!!
>> I have checked the source and it is
>> (center for disease control in atlanta georgia)
>> Warning:
>> Several shipments of bananas from Costa Rica
>> have been infected with necrotizing fasciitis,
>> otherwise known as flesh eating
>> bacteria.  Recently this disease has decimated
>> the monkey population in
>> Costa Rica. We are now just learning that
>> the disease has been able to
>> graft itself to the skin of fruits in the
>> region, most notably the Banana
>> which is Costa Rica's largest export.
>> Until this  finding scientist were
>> not sure how the infection was being
>> transmitted.  It is advised not to
>> purchase Bananas for the next three weeks
>> as this is the period of
>> time for which bananas that have been shipped to
>> the US with the possibility
>> of carrying this disease. If you have eaten a
>> banana in the last 2-3 days and
>> come down with a fever followed by a skin
>> infection seek "Medical Attention"!!!
>> The skin infection from necrotizing fasciitis
>> is very painful and eats two
>> to three centimeters of flesh per hour.
>> Amputation is likely, death is
>> possible.  If you are more than an hour from a medical
>> center burning the flesh ahead of  the infected area is
>> advised to help slow the spread of the infection.
>> The FDA  has been reluctant to issue a country
>> wide warning because of fear nationwide panic. They have
>> secretly admitted that they feel upwards of 15,000 Americans will be
>> affected by this but that these are acceptable numbers.
>> Please forward this to as many people you care about as
>> possible as we do not feel 15,000 people is an acceptable number.
>> Manheim Research Institute
>> Center for Disease Control
>> Atlanta Georgia >>
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